"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.
This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.
In the last few years Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)
have emerged as a transforming element in language teaching and learning
and have become an integral part of many courses of English for
professional and academic purposes (ESP). This collection brings together
contributions from ESP teachers, who provide an account of educational
experiences involving ICTs and share their practices, successes, failures
and reflections. Most papers in the volume report on blended learning
experiences, where teachers use either Course Management Systems like WebCT
or Moodle, or online learning environments created by themselves.
The contributions give ideas on how to develop pedagogically sound online
language learning materials. Additionally, they discuss issues related to
online language pedagogy and promote the development of online learning.
María José Luzón: Learning Academic and Professional English Online:
Integrating Technology, Language Learning and Disciplinary Knowledge - Ruth
Trinder: The Potential of Blended Learning Environments in Terms of
Beneficial Language Learning Conditions - Elisabet Arnó Macià/Carmen Rueda
Ramos/Antonia Soler Cervera: Designing a Virtual Learning Environment for
EAP Students: Quantum LEAP (Learning English for Academic Purposes) - Ana
Gimeno Sanz: Online Courseware Design and Delivery: The Ingenio Authoring
System - Mª Luisa Carrió Pastor: Enhancing Learner-Teacher Collaboration
through the Use of Online Activities - Mª Camino Bueno Alastuey: Using
WebCT in a Course of English for Academic/Specific Purposes: The Case of
English for Agriculture - Antonella Elia: Can a Collaborative WiKi Weblish
Dictionary Project Help Academic Writing of ICT Language Learners? -
Philippa Mungra: Online Delivery of a Writing Course: Description of a
Blended Language Course Integrated into Medicine - Jaroslaw Krajka:
Promoting Discovery Learning in English for Academic and Professional
Purposes: Implementing Concordancing Procedures in Online Courses.